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Naperville Suspended Driver's License Lawyers

Naperville Driving with a Suspended License Attorney

Providing Legal Defense to Individuals Accused of Driving with a Suspended License in DuPage County

Driving in the state of Illinois is considered to be a privilege, which means that your license can be suspended or revoked almost as easily as it is granted. Driving with a suspended license is a criminal offense in Illinois. Offenders may be charged with either a petty crime (misdemeanor) or, depending on the circumstances of the offense, a felony.

Different Factors May Result in an Illinois Driver's License Suspension

Different circumstances may lead to an Illinois driver having his or her license suspended. A driver's license may be suspended either by order of the court or as mandated by Illinois law.

Certain offenses allow for the court to make a determination as to whether or not driving privileges may be suspended. Under Illinois law, punishment for the commission of certain non-driving related crimes may also result in the offender's license being suspended. In an applicable case, a judge may use his or her discretion and determine that an offender's crime merits the temporary suspension of the offender's license. As a result, the offender will, by law, be unable to operate a motor vehicle. Some examples of violations that could result in the temporary suspension of an offender's driver's license include:

  • Three or more traffic offense convictions within a 12 month period;
  • Conviction of fleeing a police officer;
  • Causing an accident that causes serious injury or death;
  • Failing to pay fines for violations and tickets or tolls;
  • Delinquent child support payments; and
  • Conviction of certain crimes while in control of a vehicle.

Although many offenses leading to the revocation of one's license may be left to the discretion of the court, others are compulsory. Some examples of these offenses include:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
  • Commission of a felony in which a vehicle was used; and
  • Fleeing the scene of an accident which resulted in bodily injury or death.

Penalties for Driving with a Suspended License

The circumstances of a conviction will directly influence the penalties assessed against an offender found to have been driving with a suspended license. Typically, driving with a suspended license is considered to be a Class A Misdemeanor under the relevant statute. However, driving with a suspended license may be reduced to a petty crime or elevated to that of a felony, all depending on the circumstances of the violations. As a result, penalties will vary, and may include the following:

  • Fines up to $25,000;
  • Jail sentence of up to 15 years; and
  • Suspension or Revocation of driving privileges.

Reinstating Your Illinois Driving Privileges

A suspended license is a temporary penalty assessed against an offender. Illinois allows for an offender's driving privileges to be reinstated after certain requirements are met. This process, which can be complicated due to conditions placed on the offender prior to being allowed to have his or her license reinstated, will likely also require payment of a fine.

Speak with a Naperville Criminal Defense Attorney

A loss of driving privileges can be problematic as it creates added complications for an offender. Consult with Roscich & Martel Law Firm, LLC, as soon as possible if your driving license has been suspended or you have been charged with driving on a suspended license. Effective legal counsel is imperative. We serve clients in DuPage County, Kendall County, Kane County, and Will County, Illinois. To schedule your initial consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at 630-355-5222 or contact us online.

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